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Halifax Commercial Bank

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Opened in 1919 by the Halifax Commercial Bank, Shipley Branch is in Martins Bank’s Leeds District, which is actually one of the smaller districts of the Bank, by virtue of a large number of other Yorkshire Branches belonging to adjoining districts.  The branch moves in 1968 to 67 Otley road, but after the merger with Barclays, their own Branch at 35 Otley Road is used. Our retirement feature sees Mr Holgate depart after a career that spans a collosal forty-three years.  Even so, his retirement is descibred as being “premature” due to ill health…

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Image © Barclays Ref ACC03/0477

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1954 to 1964 Mr J Holgate Manager MBM-Su64P60.jpgDuring the first week in April Mr Jack Holgate, who retired as Manager of Shipley branch on March 31, entertained past and present colleagues to cocktails and an informal meal at the Spotted House, Manningham. In the unavoidable absence of the District General Manager it was Mr F. M. Walker (Leeds District Inspector) who presented Mr Holgate with a silver salver, the gift of his friends and colleagues. Referring to Mr Holgate's eight years at Shipley Mr Walker spoke of the warm tributes to his service which had appeared in the local Press; his enthusiastic work for Bradford's music had received special mention. He expressed everyone's hopes that the ill health that had caused Mr Holgate's premature retirement would speedily im­prove to enable him to pursue his many interests. Mrs Holgate, whom everyone was pleased to see, was presented with a bouquet and a set of soup spoons. Apart from three years in H.M. Forces Mr Holgate's 43 years' service were spent at branches in the Bradford area. In 1948 he was appointed Manager at Duckworth Lane and became Manager at Shipley eight years later.

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1919 to 1926 Mr C J Verity Manager MBM-Au46P04.jpg

1954 to 1964 Mr J Holgate Manager MBM-Su64P60.jpg

1964 Mr WK Watson Manager MBM-Su64P07.jpg

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Mr C J Verity


1919 to 1926

Mr Jack Holgate


1954 to 1964

Mr W K Watson


1964 onwards






Index Number and District:






11-75-70 Shipley

Full Branch

60 Otley Road Shipley Yorkshire

629 Leeds

Mon to Fri 1000-1500

Saturday 0900-1130

Shipley 53948

Nightsafe Installed

Mr W K Watson Manager


16 January 1920

3 January 1928


opened by the Halifax Commercial Bank

Bank of Liverpool and Martins Limited

Martins Bank Limited

Closed and moved to 67 Otley Road

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